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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Richard Ziglar Jr.

I always have been fascinated with the art and beauty that goes into taking the perfect photograph. Whether it’s on a smart phone, or with a DSLR, photography is my passion, and most recently has become a business for me. Read more>>

Heba Mandavia

My passion for makeup developed when I was in high school. I used to always go to the mall, and window shop at MAC, Sephora and Ulta. I never really understood the difference between any of the products, or any of the brands. I literally could not even distinguish the difference between drugstore makeup and high end makeup, I thought it was all the exact same. Read more>>

Melanie Carr

Growing up, our family always ate dinner together around the table. My mom could make a meal out of almost anything, and often scrounged together whatever ingredients were available from our garden and limited pantry to feed the 7 of us regularly. Read more>>

Corta Ishman

Writer, Director, and Producer, Corta, has been in the industry for 5 years and have accomplished more than anticipated. Born in Selma, Alabama now resides in Greenville, Texas, has made a great impact as a new independent filmmaker. With his writing style that he call Dark Drama has gave a different approach to the drama genre. Read more>>

Kerri Sterin

For many years I worked with stained glass; install pieces, tables, and functional art. I secretly wanted to make jewelry, but didn’t know which direction to go with it. At one point I had oxidized a frame for a piece that I was working on and loved it. Read more>>

Vishal Gandhi

Every time we see the picture from past, it brings back smiles with those memories. Growing up, we could not afford to have a camera and I always miss my childhood pictures. When my daughter born, I wanted to make sure, I captured as many pictures of her as I can, on all her growing years. Read more>>

Jayna Denbow

My story begins about 14 years ago when I came to this country as a student. As a twenty-something transplant from Canada, I made my way through the Art Institute of Dallas Fashion Design program and graduated in 2006. Read more>>

Jocelyn Patterson

When my mom moved my younger siblings (3) and I here to Texas from Georgia, I already knew it would be tough on our family. Simply because we moved from a state we’d been in most of our lives to a whole new state with the rest of our family. I knew if I wanted something other than the basic needs I would have to get it on my own. Read more>>

Kaylin Sturtevant

I began dancing at the age of 6 when my parents enrolled me in classes at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center, run by Christy Wolverton-Ryzman. Little did I know, this would turn into a lifelong passion that I am continuing to pursue today. Read more>>

Mark Caserta

I got involved with dance because of the time I spent with my grandmother watching old musicals on VHS, followed by me being a tag along to my older sister. My grandmother got me inspired and my sister opened the door for me. At the time it wasn’t cool for a little boy in my neighborhood to take dance class. Read more>>

Sarah Maverick

I come from a long line of “Jack of All Trades, Master of None” type people. I had a love for beautiful photography and found myself wanting to learn to take pictures. In 2012 I started Sarah Maverick Photography. I had no idea who I was, what I wanted, or what my “why” was. Read more>>

Jennifer Browning

I always wanted to take a cake decorating class and so in January 2013, I took a beginner’s class at Cake Carousel. I was HORRIBLE at it, but LOVED it! I had some of my grandmother’s recipes and continued to play around with those and practice decorating. Read more>>

Yoram Solomon

Born in Israel, and served in the Israeli Defense Forces, 35th Airborne paratroopers brigade. First member of my family to go to college, albeit 12 years after finishing high-school. After a 7-year career in a technology company, started my first startup company in Israel in 1995. Read more>>

Kay Daigle

For many years I volunteered in my church, primarily in the Women’s Ministry. Over time it seems like I did every job there was to do; I excelled at some, and was incredibly bad at others. But I learned a lot about organization and gifting. Read more>>

Michelle Hawkins

I was a typical latchkey, bicycle-riding Gen Xer. I grew up in the same house, surrounded by the same people year after year in the small town of Allen, Texas, just north of Plano, which is just north of Dallas. Read more>>

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